InfoWorld's Test Center picks the best open source productivity software and mobile tools of 2011
If you're dubious about using Chrome because of Google's ties with the product, you have some options. You can download Chromium -- the unbranded version of Chrome, available in a number of different unofficial builds and via the automated builder at Google. But if you don't mind the tie-in, Chrome has some handy Google-centric features, like the synchronization of bookmarks and passwords across computers (encrypted with a password). Another variant is Iron (available in a regular or PortableApps edition), based on Chromium but minus some features that raise questions about privacy.
I mentioned add-ons for Chrome, and there's a broad array of them from both independent creators and big-league vendors, such as Amazon's Add to Wishlist add-on. Those who are used to Firefox's plug-in assortment may be astonished to find either direct ports of plug-ins they already use or functional equivalents that do as good a job, or even better.
The Bossies 2011 index:
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